IAF rescues 9 foreign nationals in Ladakh

NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday rescued 50 trekkers, including 9 foreign nationals, who were the part of ongoing “Chaddar Trek” got stranded when some portions of the frozen Zanskar River melted in Ladakh.

The melting caused the flow of the water to become too strong, for the trekkers to continue across the river on foot, an IAF official said.

The stranded trekkers managed to move to Niraq, a small camp site upstream and were awaiting to be rescued.

To carry out a rescue by helicopters, a makeshift helipad was prepared along the river bank.

Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) were immediately pressed into action from Air Force Station. (AGENCIES)